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The Wait (2014)

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Average Rating: 1.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 2.3/5
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Who Determines What is Real? An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected. One sister believes the claim, and the other staunchly opposes it until she encounters a chance at love, giving her hope that anything, even resurrection, is possible. A discordant struggle between sisters plays out in a world where the virtual and real often converge. (c) Monterey Media

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M. Blash

Feb 24, 2014

$2.1k

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (9)

Ms. Sevigny is the unsteady center of a movie that uses awkward silences, cryptic dialogue and self-consciously arty images to signify emotional limbo.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The dialogue is so vague, and the plot so minimal, it all feels like a rather pointless exercise.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Questions mount and answers are slim, distracted by a score that veers from synth to symphonic.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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I could no more tell you what it's trying to say than I could successfully stow away on the first space shuttle to Saturn, although I promise you that trip would be half as long.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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We're stuck watching two normally interesting performers moodily flail about, trying to lend weight to an enterprise that revels in tedious art-house opacity.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Gorgeous and haunting, inscrutable but rewarding of scrutiny, writer-director M. Blash's The Wait achieves the rare distinction of being warm and unsettling at the same time ...

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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When the climax finally arrives, it's a deliberate damp squib.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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Blash marshals considerable atmospheric forces, but his film collapses under the weight of oblique logic and plotting, lacking in either effective emotional payoff or the more skilled observational touch of a rumination on loss.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

By the end, audiences will most likely feel as if they've been locked out of the drama that's presumably unfolding right in front of them.

January 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Good cast, a promising premise, faintly chilling tone. But there's no payoff, here.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Audience Reviews for The Wait

A young woman delays burying her mother after receiving a telephone call from a psychic saying that she will return to life. Title describes what the audience endures while the writer/director takes his time figuring out what he wants to say in this soapy indie drama with a touch of magical realism.
March 25, 2014
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The Wait is the type of independent drama that the critics always love and that I usually hate. I decided to watch it though, because of one very special cast member, who is really coming into his own, Devon Gearhart. Even since I saw this young man in the movie Canvas, I knew he was really something special. Gearhart's unique ability to get the viewers to empathize with whatever character he is playing, gives him a strength that very few actors have. I knew from the description that the character of Ben, in The Wait, was a perfect outlet for him to express this ability and he does not disappoint. As for the rest of the film, it is a dark, eclectic film, full of odd symbolism and strange music, that to be honest is a bit over my head, but it's also a film that most audiences can relate to. The family portrayed, whose last name we never know, is pulling together and preparing for the tragic death of their terminally ill mother. The family is preparing themselves for the worst, that could happen any day, when they come in contact with a psychic. The psychic tells them that their mother is special and destine to come back from the grave, leading the family to not only hold off on making any funeral plans, but the prediction leads them to prepare a welcome home party. As I said the storyline is strange, the film is full of strange symbolism, and it moves rather slowly, but the cast here is unbelievable. Aside from Gearhart's out of this world performance, that will leave even the toughest person in tears, both Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone are fantastic as the two eldest sisters. The sisters, always at odds are trying to pull themselves together for the inevitable, but are once again drawn apart by the psychic's prediction, leading to a dramatic rift in the storyline. The bottom line is, that The Wait, isn't a film for me, but I can see many people really enjoying it. The story is unique, the performances are terrific, and the future of Hollywood may be on display in this relatively unknown masterpiece.
March 11, 2014
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